Judge Vaughn R. Walker, who has been in a long-term relationship, last year ruled that the Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage in California was unconstitutional. The new ruling establishes that gay judges may decide gay rights cases without having to defend their impartiality.
Reporting from San Francisco -- A federal judge's refusal Tuesday to invalidate last year's ruling against Proposition 8 established for the first time that gay judges may decide gay rights cases without having to defend their impartiality.
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